Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Today's News Wed. November 30, 2011

Local News Wed. November 30, 2011

American Lung Association Raises Awareness About Radon Gas

The American Lung Association is urging all homeowners to have their residences tested for the presence of radon gas. Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that is present in almost every county in the United States. It enters homes through cracks or holes in the foundation of buildings, and it is known to cause lung cancer. The only way to know if radon is present is to conduct scientific testing to detect its presence. If found, it can be removed from the building by installing a collection and ventilation system. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that lung cancer from radon causes over 21,000 deaths each year in the U.S., which is more than drunk driving, house fires, or carbon monoxide. For this reason, every home, regardless of geographic location, foundation type, or age should be professionally tested for the presence of radon gas.

Deadline Nears For Assistance From FEMA

Don North, Public Information Officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has issued a press release to notify Schuylkill County residents that the deadline for filing applications for disaster assistance is December 14. All Disaster Recovery Centers in Pennsylvania will close today. To date 791 registrations have been received from Schuylkill County residents. Pennsylvania renters and homeowners have received $129 million in individual assistance grants so far, and the Small Business Administration has issued low-interest disaster assistance loans in the amount of $73 million for damages that resulted from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

West Brunswick Township Man Arrested On Child Pornography Charge

As part of an ongoing investigation, State Police from Schuylkill Haven barracks executed a search on the property of fifty-four year old William Shilbe of West Brunswick Township on November 9, 2011. They seized electronic devices from the property and sent them to the Computer Crimes Unit, where it was discovered that they contained over 1200 images of pornographic material involving young girls. As a result of the investigation, Shilbe was taken into custody and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge James Ferrier of Orwigsburg on two counts of sexual abuse of children. Judge Ferrier set bail for Shilbe at $50,000, which was paid by the accused.

Two Vehicle Accident Ties Up Traffic On Gordon Nagle Trail

Traffic was slowed yesterday on the Gordon Nagle Trail as the result of a two-vehicle crash at the entrance to Trail Garden Center. A 1993 Cadillac operated by Stella Bolinsky of Zion Grove attempted to enter Route 901 from the parking lot of Trail Gardens when she struck the drivers side of a 1996 Audi driven by Christine Ridge, of Port Carbon. The impact pushed Ridge's vehicle across the road and into a bridge abutment. Bolinsky received minor injuries, and was transported from the scene by Schuylkill Haven EMS to Schuylkill Medical Center South Jackson Street. She has been charged with illegally entering or crossing a roadway. State Police were assisted at the scene by Cressona Fire Police and Cressona Fire Company No. 1.


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